Sunday, April 17, 2011
Title: Wickham’s Diary
Author: Amanda Grange
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Format: Trade Paperback
$11.99 U.S./ £7.99 UK/
How I read it: Trade paperback ARC from publisher
Rating 4.5 Crowns
11 July, 1784
Why should I be beneath Fitzwilliam? I am just as handsome as he is; I am just as intelligent even though he works harder at his books; and I am just as amusing; in fact I dare say I am a deal more amusing for Fitzwilliam is so proud he will not take the trouble to entertain other people.
Yet although he is no better than me, when he grows up he will inherit Pemberley, and I will inherit nothing…
HE WASN’T ALWAYS THIS COLD-HEARTED…..
George Wickham had everything going for him. He’s handsome, charming and sincere. Old Mr. Darcy loves him like a son. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the companion of his youth, is powerful and moral. What are the forces then that would turn this young man’s destiny from one of promise to one of treachery and villainy? And could it happen again?
(from the back of the ARC)
I loved reading the events that formed George Wickham and Amanda Grange does a brilliant job portraying the metamorphosis from the young innocent boy of age 12 to the roguish rake that is showcased in Pride and Prejudice. We get a glimpse into Wickham’s thoughts as well as those events that act as a catalyst for the man he became. I love character back-stories so for me this novella filled in the gap that Pride and Prejudice left with Wickham’s history and the little that we did glean from P&P was added and built upon. This book offered the foundation of Wickham and was a pure delight to read!
My first introduction to the writings of Amanda Grange came from my mother who almost beat down my door in order to tell me about this amazing add-on to Mansfield Park which happened to be Edmund Bertram’s Diary. From the moment, I read that book I was hooked on Amanda Grange’s retellings and found that I was craving more, and Wickham’s Diary, was the book that I was hoping she would write. I have to say that I was not disappointed. Take it from me this is one book that all fans of Pride & Prejudice will want to have on their shelf.
Please note that while Darcy’s Diary was published first, it picks up where Wickham’s Diary ends, so while both are stand-alone read, I would recommend that you read both.
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